A man singing Kung Fu Fighting in a bar was arrested for racial harassment but has not been carged.
The pub singer, 34-year-old Simon Ledger, sang the 1970’s hit song Kung Fu Fighting in the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown on Isle Of Wight when a man of Chinese origin apparently took offence.
The 32-year-old man and his mother are said to have walked past the bar during Ledger’s rendition of Kung Fu Fighting and told police that they were “subjected to racial abuse”.
“We were performing Kung Fu Fighting, as we do during all our sets,” Ledger told the Daily Mail.
“People of all races were loving it. Chinese people have never been offended by it before.
“But this lad walking past with his mum started swearing at us and making obscene hand gestures before taking a picture on his mobile phone.
“We hadn’t even seen them when we started the song. He must have phoned the police.”
Hampshire Police confirmed that Ledger had been questioned by police on suspicion of racial harassment, however, said that the musician would not be charged since there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the assault claims.
A spokesperson for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary said: “Anyone who perceives they are the victim of a racially aggravated crime is entitled to make a report to the police.
“We will treat such allegations seriously to provide reassurance for victims and to protect the integrity of appropriate lines of inquiry.”
The chart-topping song Kung Fu Fighting was released in 1974, originally sung by Carl Douglas.
Watch Carl Douglas perform Kung Fu Fighting here.